Best Southern Literature
Our favorite works of Southern literature.

(Books that are set in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.)
200 Burn Down the Ground: A Memoir
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202 Plays 1957-1980 (Library of...
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203 Ava's Man
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 3,506 ratings
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204 I Hate To See That Evening ...
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205 Father and Son
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 1,372 ratings
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206 The Golden Apples
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 612 ratings
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207 Me Talk Pretty One Day
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 429,242 ratings
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208 Memoirs of General W.T. She...
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 887 ratings
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209 Kentucky Straight: Stories
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 482 ratings
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210 Before Women Had Wings
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 2,109 ratings
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211 The Mysterious Stranger
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 4,314 ratings
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212 True Grit
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 18,341 ratings
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213 Biloxi Blues
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 653 ratings
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214 Purple Cane Road (Dave Robi...
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 3,692 ratings
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215 The House Next Door
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 4,628 ratings
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215 The Unvanquished
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 3,263 ratings
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217 A Land More Kind Than Home
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 10,807 ratings
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218 Saving Grace
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 1,562 ratings
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219 The Floatplane Notebooks
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 722 ratings
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219 Gap Creek
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 32,271 ratings
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221 She Walks These Hills (Ball...
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 2,749 ratings
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222 Naked
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 163,778 ratings
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223 Novels, 1926-1929
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 72 ratings
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224 McCullers: Complete Novels:...
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4.41 of 5 stars 4.41 avg rating — 695 ratings
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224 Lonesome Dove
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4.44 of 5 stars 4.44 avg rating — 87,836 ratings
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226 13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 189 ratings
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227 Dress Your Family in Cordur...
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 155,619 ratings
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228 Velva Jean Learns to Drive
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 2,599 ratings
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229 Jim the Boy
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 1,921 ratings
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230 Animal, Vegetable, Miracle:...
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 74,457 ratings
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231 The Cheer Leader
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 362 ratings
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232 Airships
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 1,783 ratings
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233 Ferris Beach
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 659 ratings
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234 The Same Sweet Girls
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 3,870 ratings
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235 I Still Dream About You
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3.47 of 5 stars 3.47 avg rating — 9,080 ratings
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236 Savannah Breeze (Weezie and...
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 9,855 ratings
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237 The Strangers on Montagu St...
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 3,814 ratings
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238 Novels, 1957-1962
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239 Lost Souls
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 11,938 ratings
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240 Ella Minnow Pea
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 15,355 ratings
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240 The Girl On Legare Street (...
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 4,925 ratings
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242 Folly Beach (Lowcountry Tal...
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 5,071 ratings
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243 Chemistry and Other Stories
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 397 ratings
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243 Fever Season (Benjamin Janu...
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 897 ratings
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245 Last Car To Elysian Fields ...
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246 Outer Dark
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 7,516 ratings
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247 Morning Glory
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 6,669 ratings
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248 The Complete Vampire Chroni...
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4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 avg rating — 4,648 ratings
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249 Looking for Alaska
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 448,992 ratings
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250 Love in a Dry Season
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 186 ratings
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251 Dust Tracks on a Road
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 3,120 ratings
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252 Up from Slavery
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 10,322 ratings
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253 We're Just Like You, Only P...
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 3,287 ratings
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254 Black Mountain Breakdown
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 794 ratings
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255 Let the Circle Be Unbroken
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 3,158 ratings
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256 The Man that Corrupted Hadl...
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 940 ratings
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257 Roughing It
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 4,476 ratings
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258 Shoot the Moon
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 7,413 ratings
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259 Man in the Blue Moon
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3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 437 ratings
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259 Still Waters
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 19 ratings
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259 A Tree Born Crooked
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4.63 of 5 stars 4.63 avg rating — 30 ratings
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262 Carolina Moon
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 29,053 ratings
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263 Safe Haven
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 177,631 ratings
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264 The Well and the Mine
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 2,446 ratings
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264 Return to Sullivan's Island...
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 3,843 ratings
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266 The Yearling
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 17,000 ratings
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267 The Strange Career of Jim Crow
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 1,254 ratings
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267 Silver Sparrow
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 6,602 ratings
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267 Georgia Bottoms
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3.35 of 5 stars 3.35 avg rating — 2,673 ratings
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267 The Wild Palms [If I Forget...
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 2,245 ratings
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271 Ship of Fools
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 1,183 ratings
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272 The Marrow of Tradition
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 1,241 ratings
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272 Twelve Years a Slave
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 28,982 ratings
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274 She Flew the Coop: A Novel ...
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275 Meridian
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 3,097 ratings
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275 The Christmas Pearl
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 2,444 ratings
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277 Pawleys Island (Lowcountry ...
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 5,107 ratings
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278 Follow Me Down: A Novel
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 125 ratings
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279 The Whisper of the River
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 1,188 ratings
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279 Chasing Fireflies
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 3,394 ratings
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281 The Invention of Wings
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 69,509 ratings
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282 Spencer's Mountain
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 303 ratings
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283 A Cry of Angels
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4.41 of 5 stars 4.41 avg rating — 71 ratings
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283 Plantation (Lowcountry Tale...
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 5,863 ratings
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283 Whistling Past the Graveyard
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 9,126 ratings
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286 Hunting Season (Anna Pigeon...
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 3,475 ratings
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287 The Bad Behavior of Belle C...
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 1,005 ratings
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288 Freshwater Road
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 664 ratings
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288 The Education of Little Tree
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 9,005 ratings
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288 Paper Towns
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 278,718 ratings
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288 An Abundance of Katherines
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 181,168 ratings
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292 Novels, 1936-1940
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293 The Missing
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 800 ratings
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294 Cane
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 4,334 ratings
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295 The Civil War, Vol. 1: Fort...
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296 The Reivers: A Reminiscence
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 3,923 ratings
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296 The Ballad of Frankie Silve...
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298 Seraph on the Suwanee
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 592 ratings
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299 Carolina Moon
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3.4 of 5 stars 3.40 avg rating — 377 ratings
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299 Gone South
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 3,266 ratings
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773 books · 1,857 voters · list created June 23rd, 2008 by JG (The Introverted Reader) (votes) .
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message 1: by TexasMargarita (new)

TexasMargarita I think Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil could almost make it in here, and some day maybe some James Lee Burke


message 2: by [deleted user] (new)

And what about Kathleen Anne Porter?!


message 3: by Sunita (new)

Sunita these books are cool and Ilike them



message 4: by Sunita (new)

Sunita cool book peoples and I like them very much you rock
lvu you people very much and how you keep voting for these book and as for the people who don't do it now and when I say do it now I mean it just do it now .For those people who collect these books u rock so much that I can't say how much it must be for you to read and that is the one things that is the mager thing about collecting books and I hope thatyou keep collecting these books
thank you
sunpoo0994


message 5: by pcb (new)

pcb ditto about james lee burke


message 6: by Joann (new)

Joann The Known World by Edward P Jones


message 7: by [deleted user] (new)

Is The Plain Truth really Southern? Jodi Picoult lives near my sister in VT. I read it but don't remember much about it now. Wasn't it about the Amish?


message 8: by Maxine (new)

Maxine Dexter Aaaw no All the Pretty Horses? That's my favorite Cormac McCarthy book.


message 9: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Mar 29, 2010 08:42PM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads The Prince and the Pauper? It's set in Tudor England!

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court is set in a fantasy English Dark Ages.


message 10: by Hayes (new)

Hayes Susanna wrote: "The Prince and the Pauper? It's set in Tudor England!"

Yes... *Southern* Tudor England! ;-)


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Ah dew declare!


message 12: by [deleted user] (new)

Gone with the Wind is listed twice.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I told it to check for duplicates, which hopefully got it.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Is this list for works about the South, or by Southerners?


message 15: by ☯Bettie☯ (last edited Oct 20, 2011 12:06PM) (new)

☯Bettie☯ Hayes wrote: "Susanna wrote: "The Prince and the Pauper? It's set in Tudor England!"

Yes... *Southern* Tudor England! ;-)"


hahaha - you are right, the title doesn't say Southern North America now does it; a touch arrogant n'est pas!?


message 16: by [deleted user] (new)

Susanna wrote: "Is this list for works about the South, or by Southerners?"

Well, Southerners do tend to read books about the South, honey chile.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Yes, indeedy they do!

And I myself interpreted it as "books about the South." But "books by Southerners" is the only way I can think of that Prince and the Pauper, A Tramp Abroad, or A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court could qualify, so I thought I'd ask!


message 18: by ☯Bettie☯ (new)

☯Bettie☯ Susanna wrote: "Yes, indeedy they do!

And I myself interpreted it as "books about the South." But "books by Southerners" is the only way I can think of that Prince and the Pauper, A Tramp Abroad, or A Connecti..."


I'll wait for an answer to your question before voting
:O)


message 19: by holly (new)

holly Plain Truth takes place in Pennsylvania and the author is from New York...


message 20: by David (new)

David Ernest Gaines's novels should be added to this list. So should books by Gayl Jones and Nikki Finney.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads You could add them; it's easy to add books to lists. At the top of the list, at the tab next to "all votes."


message 22: by David (new)

David Thanks, Susanna.


message 23: by Beth (last edited May 12, 2012 08:15PM) (new)

Beth Susanna wrote: "Is this list for works about the South, or by Southerners?"

I took a course called "Southern Literature" at the University of Georgia when I was working on a graduate degree. Southern Literature was defined as literature that was written by a Southerner AND set in the South. I have always found this definition to be very helpful.


message 24: by Shawnee (new)

Shawnee I didn't see West Virginia in the list of states but I added books with author and setting from WV. Most of the state is below the Mason-Dixon line and we mountaineers consider ourselves southerners.


message 25: by Eddie (new)

Eddie Whitlock Forgive my crass marketing here. I've written a book called EVIL IS ALWAYS HUMAN that's been compared to Flannery O'Connor and Cormac McCarthy. I invite you to take a look at it.


message 26: by Tina (new)

Tina Lovell Eddie wrote: "Forgive my crass marketing here. I've written a book called EVIL IS ALWAYS HUMAN that's been compared to Flannery O'Connor and Cormac McCarthy. I invite you to take a look at it."

Beth wrote: "Susanna wrote: "Is this list for works about the South, or by Southerners?"

I took a course called "Southern Literature" at the University of Georgia when I was working on a graduate degree. South..."


TexasMargarita wrote: "I think Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil could almost make it in here, and some day maybe some James Lee Burke"

thank you for the information! I loved "midnight in the garden Of good and evil"


message 27: by Tina (new)

Tina Lovell ~☆ Alice☆~ wrote: "Susanna wrote: "Is this list for works about the South, or by Southerners?"

Well, Southerners do tend to read books about the South, honey chile."
Yes we Do! Tina L.

Eddie wrote: "Forgive my crass marketing here. I've written a book called EVIL IS ALWAYS HUMAN that's been compared to Flannery O'Connor and Cormac McCarthy. I invite you to take a look at it."

Shawnee wrote: "I didn't see West Virginia in the list of states but I added books with author and setting from WV. Most of the state is below the Mason-Dixon line and we mountaineers consider ourselves southerners."


message 28: by Pat (new)

Pat W. Virginia separated from Virginia rather than be part of the South. So, that's a done deal.
"Sophie's Choice" takes place in Europe with no mention of 'the South' so, multiple people putting it on the list is just sad.
Including William Tecumseh Sherman's biography several times is wrong. While a work about only his maniacal acts in the South could be included, it would hardly seem to merit "the Best Southern Literature".
These mistakes aside, the list is enjoyable.


message 29: by Beth (new)

Beth Well stated!I completely agree.


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) Pat wrote: ""Sophie's Choice" takes place in Europe with no mention of 'the South' so, multiple people putting it on the list is just sad."

Well, in their defense it might be mentioned that the author is from Virginia. Which, owing to the book's setting and subject matter, doesn't make it a "Southern" novel IMHO either, though ... nor, based on the description now added to the list, in the opinon of the list's creator.

JG, do you want the list to be pruned back to books actually set in the states you mentioned?


message 31: by [deleted user] (new)

Oh my god, how is "The Sound and the Fury" not number 1, fuck you Goodreads, this is not debatable


message 32: by Beth (last edited Dec 31, 2012 10:01AM) (new)

Beth Lists are made by Goodreads members/readers. Goodreads provides the arena for its readers who can vote for the various books listed in any Listopia. In other words, people have voted for these books and their rank is the result of these votes. Several books on the list would have been ranked differently for me personally. Nevertheless, it is interesting to see where different books line up after votes are calculated.


message 33: by Steve (new)

Steve Yep, those that like southern lit should vote and/or add their favorites. The list will sort out over time.


message 34: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Dec 31, 2012 09:52AM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads The one that makes me scratch my head currently is #36: I Talk Slower Than I Think: An Antidote to Helicopter Parenting, as it looks to be non-fiction?

Also, 5 ratings and 33 votes???


message 35: by Shawnee (new)

Shawnee West Virginia separating from Virginia had more to do with perceived unfair distribution of state resources and divisive beliefs on slavery and nothing to do with whether it wanted to be part of the south. More important, the U.S. Bureau of Census states West Virginia as part of the South Region. I think my position is valid and West Virginia should be included in this category list.


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) Susanna wrote: "The one that makes me scratch my head currently is #36: I Talk Slower Than I Think: An Antidote to Helicopter Parenting, as it looks to be non-fiction?

Also, 5 ratings and 33 votes???"


The voting pattern is highly suspicious (1 of 1 or, at most, 1 of 2, all of them).

It being nonfiction alas doesn't seem to be a reason for exclusion on this particular list, though (the list title says "literature," not "fiction," and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil -- currently ranked no. 12 -- is nonfiction as well) ...


message 37: by Sandy (new)

Sandy Pat wrote: "W. Virginia separated from Virginia rather than be part of the South. So, that's a done deal.
"Sophie's Choice" takes place in Europ..."


Sophie's Choice does not take place in Europe,it takes place in New York. Only the memories of Sophie take place in Europe. One of the main characters "Stingo" is a very southern boy who comes to New York to write.


message 38: by Vicki (new)

Vicki Charlaine Harris & Anne Rice made this list, but not Peter Taylor, Elizabeth Hardwick, Dorothea Benton Frank, Anne Rivers Siddons, the Fugitive poets, etc etc. WTF??


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads That's because it's a user-sourced list. You are free to add them, if you like. (It's easy to add books to lists - at the top of the list, at the tab next to "all votes.")


message 40: by Beth (new)

Beth Vicki, those are good candidates for the list and I encourage you to add them. I was not familiar with the Fugitive poets until you mentioned them in your post. That's one of the good thing about Listopia, it allows us to learn from each other regarding books and authors of which we might not have previously known.


message 41: by Manray9 (new)

Manray9 Agreed. That's why "In Cold Blood" shouldn't be on this list.


message 42: by Donna (new)

Donna I am surprised at how little nonfiction is here. I added some, and I voted for Sherman's memoir as #1, since there is absolutely no denying that he changed the course of Southern history, like it or not.


message 43: by Donna (new)

Donna Shawnee wrote: "I didn't see West Virginia in the list of states but I added books with author and setting from WV. Most of the state is below the Mason-Dixon line and we mountaineers consider ourselves southerners."
I really question that subscript also. How is Florida not a Southern state, yet Oklahoma is? Kentucky was not a Confederate state, but it is in the list, and rightfully so. I think West Virginia should be, since culturally, they fit. An argument could be made for Maryland; rural, I think they are Southerners, but the cities are much more northern in character imo.


message 44: by Manray9 (new)

Manray9 Donna wrote: "Shawnee wrote: "I didn't see West Virginia in the list of states but I added books with author and setting from WV. Most of the state is below the Mason-Dixon line and we mountaineers consider ours..."

I grew up in Maryland, but now live in South Carolina. Nobody in SC considers Maryland the South. When I went to grad school in New York City, everyone there considered me Southern. Who knows? Perspective is everything.


message 45: by Manray9 (new)

Manray9 Donna wrote: "I am surprised at how little nonfiction is here. I added some, and I voted for Sherman's memoir as #1, since there is absolutely no denying that he changed the course of Southern history, like it o..."

I disagree about Sherman's memoirs. He was an Ohioan who campaigned in the South. Grant campaigned there too, so why not add 'The Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant?" Neither work would meet my definition of Southern literature. In fact, I adhere to the definition of literature as "imaginative or creative writing, especially of recognized artistic value." That eliminates non-fiction, although I realize some would consider all written works in a particular language as literature.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I'd consider Maryland "Southern."

It was a slave state, and kept in the union 150 years ago by hook or by crook (and for good reason - D.C.'s situation would have been utterly untenable if it had seceeded).

Also, I remember from my childhood, that on trips north, that the line dividing where if you asked for "tea" what you automatically got was iced, rather than hot, was about the Maryland/Delaware line. (Circumstantial, I confess.)


message 47: by Manray9 (new)

Manray9 Susanna - Censored by GoodReads wrote: "I'd consider Maryland "Southern."

It was a slave state, and kept in the union 150 years ago by hook or by crook (and for good reason - D.C.'s situation would have been utterly untenable if it had ..."


We always considered the line to be Maryland-Virginia, south of that line they included grits with breakfast.


message 48: by Terry (new)

Terry Perrel Have you read my comic Southern novel, Cooley & Rose, which is primarily set in 1948 South Norfolk, VA? If you like Grit Lit, please take a look at the reviews on Goodreads and Amazon. Thanks.


message 49: by Sue (last edited Jan 03, 2014 08:59PM) (new)

Sue Peyton Place? Oh come on. New Hampshire has never been very southern and Massie's book on Empress Catherine Isn't either. Otherwise there are some great titles here. I'm trying to think of the title of Peter Mattheisen's book so I an add it. Oh well later I guess.
I looked it up...Shadow Country. What a book.


message 50: by Donna (new)

Donna Donna wrote: "Shawnee wrote: "I didn't see West Virginia in the list of states but I added books with author and setting from WV. Most of the state is below the Mason-Dixon line and we mountaineers consider ours..."

I agree, WV should be added to the list of Southern books.


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